Mary Nelson


Mary A. Nelson, 70, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at St. Catherine Hospital.

Mary A. Nelson, 70, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at St. Catherine Hospital.

She was born Nov. 11, 1942, in Garden City, to Boniface Antone and Leah Jere Miller Peters.

She married Charles Stephen "Chuck" Nelson June 19, 1988, in Dodge City.

She was a retired security dispatcher at IBP.

Mrs. Nelson was a life member of VFW Auxiliary Post 2279, the American Legion Auxiliary Harry H. Renick Post 9, AARP, the Eagles Auxiliary 3124, a life member of the Boot Hill Model Railroad Club of Dodge City, and a life member of the VFW National Home for Children.

She enjoyed cross-stitch, crocheting, playing bingo, helping others, family genealogy, supporting veterans groups and spending time with her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include two daughters, Vonda Sue Hatcher and Shirley Jean Milholland, both of Garden City; a son, Michael Lee Hatcher of Garden City; her step-mother, Rosa R. Peters of Garden City; two step-daughters, Stephanie Tafoya Matheson of Holcomb and Carolyn Johnston of Wichita; a step-son, David Wayne Hatcher of Fort Worth, Texas; two half-brothers, Lawrence and Robert "Robb" Peters, both of Wichita; three half-sisters, Verna Mae Hassler, Ruth Eileen Brewer and Katherine Loraine Butler, all of Garden City; seven grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and five step great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and a half-brother, Robert Lee Dunkel.

Services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Garnand Funeral Home, 412 N. Seventh St., in Garden City. Graveside service will follow at 2 p.m. at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery at Ft. Dodge.

Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Mary Nelson memorial fund in care of the funeral home.

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